Athletes of the Week
Nick Boggan continued his offensive explosion this weekend as Cal Lutheran earned a series win over of conference-leading Pomona-Pitzer. Boggan was 6-for-15 (.429) including two homeruns and a double while tallying six RBIs. He finished the weekend with a .929 slugging percentage for the Kingsmen. On Friday, the senior hit a tape-measure homerun as part of his 2-for-5 day at the plate. The long ball broke a 3-3 tie en route to an 11-5 victory. The first game on Saturday saw the senior go 3-for-5 with another homerun, his third consecutive game with one, and a double, driving in three RBIs. In the series finale, Boggan extended his hit-streak to seven and added an RBI. The first baseman was also outstanding defensively, finishing with 24 putouts and an assist without an error.
Jazmyne Porter made the most of her first two starts of the season when she got the nod during the SCIAC Post Season Tournament. The senior led CLU with eight total assists as she averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while adding four steals as the Regals clinched their second consecutive Post Season Tournament title and bid to the NCAA Tournament. Porter stole the show in the SCIAC finale with 18 points including a 7-for-8 performance at the line against the Panthers. She had six rebounds, four assists and a steal that led to the clinching free-throws for CLU in the final 41 seconds of action. In an overtime thriller against Occidental she had seven points and eight rebounds to go along with four steals and a trio of steals, but her defense stood out and was exceptional. Her aggressive and dynamic style allowed her to be a playmaker in both games.
Nicholas Ballou helped to lead the No. 11 Cal Lutheran men’s tennis team to a third place finish at the ITA Division III National Men’s Tennis Team Indoor Championships last weekend in Minnesota. The senior, 2012 national runner-up, upset the No. 1, 4 and 5 players in the country from Trinity (Tex.), Kenyon and Johns Hopkins, respectively. Ballou cruised past No. 1 Aaron Skinner, 6-1, 6-1, beat No. 4 Paul Burgins, 6-4, 6-1, and defeated No. 5 Andy Hersh 6-4, 6-2. Additionally, in doubles play he and Ray Worley tore past No. 4 Tanner Brown and Erik Lim from JHU by an 8-2 margin. Against Kenyon the duo won 8-4. In the upcoming rankings by the ITA, Ballou should be ranked amongst the nation’s best players.